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Fri Oct 2, 2020, 08:28 PM

'Significant outbreak' of COVID-19 in UW Greek system

Source: Associated Press

‘Significant outbreak’ of COVID-19 in UW Greek system

October 2, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — Dozens of positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed among sorority and fraternity organizations at the University of Washington in Seattle, officials said.

University spokesperson Victor Balta said 117 people had tested positive among 11 sororities and fraternities as of Friday morning. University organizations and Public Health – Seattle & King County are working to ensure Greek residents and others who frequent the houses are engaged in containing the outbreak, he said in a post on the university’s website.

“The UW Greek community is experiencing a significant outbreak of COVID-19 cases spread across multiple fraternity and sorority houses, associated with ‘live-outs’ and individual members,” the University said in a letter to students who participate in the Greek community. “Case counts have increased rapidly over the last several days.”

University officials said in the letter they are “strongly” encouraging all members of the Greek community currently in Seattle to get tested for COVID-19.

Students who have tested positive or have COVID-like symptoms are being told to isolate in their residences, and none have been hospitalized or reported severe symptoms of the virus, Balta said.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-public-health-seattle-health-washington-8ad3eec3a3c54f46c6e3171f250873d9

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